The Power of Connection, part 4

This week’s Spotlight is on Krissy Baccaro. Krissy and I met in the same online writing course where I met Kathleen Tumminello. It was a pleasure to reconnect with Krissy this morning, though the weather and technology gods were against us. As I write this, a polar vortex is freezing a chunk of the US and Canada. It left things chilly in the Rochester, NY area where Krissy lives. The video call we were on kept freezing, too! Not sure I can blame the polar vortex for that, but we got resourceful, used the trusty telephone and had a great chat.

While Krissy is a fifth-grade teacher, she has always loved writing. It was her favorite subject growing up, and she continued to dabble in writing through the years. Krissy took a course through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She enjoyed writing for children, but her passion was novel writing. Earlier this year, Krissy joined the 100 Day Book course and proved to herself that she could indeed complete a book. She hasn’t looked back since!

The creative aspect of writing is what Krissy enjoys the most. “I like the process of creating and making something new and then seeing where it will go.” Krissy usually starts with a story in mind, rather than a character. She develops the character as she goes along.

Time has been her number one challenge, though.

“So many times, I want to write and create,” she said, “and I don’t have time to do it.” Having a plan to follow has also been an issue, but Krissy found several online courses helped her. In addition to the 100 Day Book course, Krissy is currently taking Write to Publish, a course in publishing and marketing writing. “Write to Publish has been very helpful to give me the steps on what to do next.”

So what is next for Krissy? Right now, it’s launching a short story from her website, The story, entitled “Luca” is a standalone piece with ties into her novel-in-progress. I previewed the story, and can I just say, wow! Who knew you could pack that much drama into nine short pages! I highly recommend giving it a read. It won’t take you long, and it is so worth it! You can find it here.

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